Goodreads goal for 2014: 100 books (again).
So far, I’m WAY ahead of the pace with 86 – Goodreads says that’s 12 ahead of schedule.
Recap: The way I’ve been recounting my book readings the past couple of years means overly long posts (100+ books with comments?). For 2014, I’ve decided to break up the year into quarters. Here’s my first three month summary of the 23 books I read, and my second quarter list numbering 31books. Below I list 32 more for the third quarter/summer.
For some reason, this year I’m picking books that are quite long – again, what’s up with that? George Martin’s catastrophe was monstrously long for little value added, and Hostadter’s GEB, while long (and dense), was the opposite.
For the third quarter:
- 17 nonfiction
- 15 fiction – more of a balance this quarter
- I’ve rated 2 more as five-star (you-really-should-read-this) on Goodreads – and another was fiction!
- I gave 0 books a one-star rating (not-only-no-but-really-no)…but a couple came really close..
- As before, I’ve linked all of my Goodreads reviews (even if only one line) to each title in case anyone is interested in what I thought beyond the commentary below. The review page links back to the Goodreads main page for the book.
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Tagged Al Gore, Andy Weir, Bart Ehrman, Bill Gates, Clive Cussler, David Alan Grier, David Foster Wallace, David M. Ewalt, Dhaval Bathia, Dick Van Dyke, Dirk Cussler, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Eckhart Tolle, Edward Everett Hale, Ernest Holmes, Ethan Allen, Frank Herbert, George Mann, George R. R. Martin, James Cleugh, James Dashner, John Brockman, John Brunner, John Nussey, Jonathan Buck, K. Pramod Reddy, Keith Riegert, Kurt Vonnegut, Lawrence Krause, Linda Grant, Lisa Rogak, Martin Gardner, Max Shron, Michael Shermer, Paul Allen, Paul Johnson, Philip Reeve, Pip Ballantine, Robert Jungk, Roger Barth, S. E. Hinton, Sam Seder, Samuel Kaplan, Seth Godin, Shankar Vedantam, Simon Hawke, Stephen Sherrill, Stephen Wolfram, T. Aaron Payton, Tee Morris, Vlatko Vedral, Wil Wheaton
I started the year with another ambitious goal of 100 books (using the Goodreads site to log and track), as last year I read 119.
As in my recap of the first half of 2013, I’m grouping the books as I did in last year’s recap by the month in which I finished them (and fiction/nonfiction subgroups.)
Some quick full year stats for the BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): overwhelmingly heavy on the nonfiction this year, but then a lot of the fiction was quite long (Ms. Rowling…please stand up):
- 55 nonfiction
- 45 fiction
- 14 of the fiction were Arthur C. Clarke novels, who rounded out the last of the Big Three
- I’ve rated 19 on Goodreads as five-star. Not all are must-reads, but these are ones I thought were excellent…and maybe read-agains.
- I gave a two books a one-star not-only-no-but-really-no UNrecommendation
Anyway, now to the books (five-star ratings are marked with asterisks)…
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Tagged 2010: Odyssey Two, 2061: Odyssey Three, 3001: Odyssey Four, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology, 50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know, Alan Sokal, Amy Runyen, Arthur C. Clarke, Barry L. Beyerstein, Bill O'Reilly, Charles Bukowski, Christopher Stasheff, Chuck Palahniuk, Colin Gilbert, David Mitchell, David Rock, David Schmidt, Drifting Democracy, Dylan Gilbert, Edge.org, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Ender's Game, Esther Forbes, Fight Club, Gabriel Guzman, Ghost of the Well of Souls, Gina Smith, Graham Nash, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, Imperial Earth, Intellectual Impostures, iWoz, J.K. Rowling, Jack Chalker, Jacob Bronowski, Jean Bricmont, Jesse Walker, John Brockman, John Ruscio, Johnny Tremain, K.A. Yoshida, Killing Jesus, Martin Dugard, Martin Gardner, Neurodiversity, New Media for Designers + Builders, Omnivore, Orson Scott Card, Oscar Wilde, Paul J. Nahin, Piers Anthony, Post Office, Pravin Boddu, Quiet, Rama Revealed, Ray Kurzweil, Rebecca J Razo, Robert Anton Wilson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Scott O. Lilienfeld, Sharon Robinson, Stephen A. Mouzon, Steve Wozniak, Steven Jay Lynn, Steven Pinker, Susan Cain, The Age of Spiritual Machines, The Ascent of man, The Daily Book of Art, The Incredible Dr. Matrix, The Language Instinct, The Logician and the Engineer, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Reason I Jump, The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with AutiNaoki Higashida, The Sea is Full of Stars, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The United States of Paranoia, The Warlock in Spite of Himself, This Explains Everything, Thomas Armstrong, Tony Crilly, Wild Tales, Your Brain at Work